Aboard a river cruise in Singapore

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Passengers on board the new River Safari Cruise immerse in the breathtaking setting of the rainforest and waterways of the Upper Seletar Reservoir PHOTO FROMS WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Passengers on board the new River Safari Cruise immerse in the breathtaking setting of the rainforest and waterways of the Upper Seletar Reservoir PHOTO FROMS WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Within Asia, Singapore has always been one of the top destinations for Filipino travelers because of its urban recreations and beautiful cityscapes. But as more and more Filipinos have visited the country, they are now in search of new things and places to experience.

No worries because at the outskirts of Singapore Zoo and River Safari, first-time and seasoned visitors can now enjoy a relaxing nature cruise.

The park’s latest attraction, the River Safari Cruise presents clear blue skies, lush green forests and wildlife. The 15-minute cruise plies the scenic Upper Seletar Reservoir—one of Singapore’s largest water catchment areas. It provides visitors with a rare opportunity to commune with nature in the setting of tropical rainforest and waterways.

Built in 1920, this reservoir holds up to 5,000 million gallons of water and is one of the four reservoirs bounding Singapore’s nature reserves. This man-made lake not only provides drinking water, it is home to many native species such as the long-tailed macaque and water monitor lizard that thrive around and in the reservoir.


The River Safari Cruise replaces the fleet of vessels that were previously in operation at Singapore Zoo. In addition to a fresh façade and refurbished interiors, the cruise embarks on a new route giving visitors a chance to spot wildlife nestled on the edges of these parks like giraffes and rhinos.

Bird watchers can keep their eyes peeled for an array of free-ranging feathered creatures, from storks to herons, which may make a stopover by the banks or roost on the trees.

With the aid of a commentary, visitors will learn about the beautiful forest giants that surround the reservoir and the delicate freshwater habitats.

The latest boat attraction symbolizes Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s commitment in creating immersive wildlife experiences across its four parks: Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, Singapore Zoo and the newly-opened River Safari.

The cruise complements the River Safari experience and the park’s focus on increasing awareness on freshwater habitats.

The River Safari Cruise runs daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Each cruise can accommodate 40 passengers and is wheelchair-accessible. Limited seats are available and boarding is on a first come first served basis.

Tickets for the cruise can be purchased at m.wrs.com.sg when bundled together with River Safari admission, or at the park’s Boat Plaza.

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